How Do You Diagnose Plumbing Problems?

Diagnosing Plumbing Issues in Your Home

Plumbing problems can result in severe damage if not properly assessed and taken care of. Some plumbing issues are easier to identify than others, which is why they can sometimes go unnoticed. While it is important to schedule regular maintenance checks to ensure that there are no problems with your plumbing, we also recommend being aware of the signs that may indicate that there is an issue, so that you can contact a professional as soon as possible and prevent damage. 

Look for Signs

The following signs can help you determine if there may be a serious plumbing issue that needs attention. 

Slow Draining

If you find that water is draining slowly in your sink or tub, there is likely a plumbing issue. Slow draining is typically an indicator that there is a clog. Clogs in kitchen drains are due to grease, fat, oil, and other food scraps while bathtub drains become clogged from hair, dead skin, dirt, and soap scum. 

Leaky Faucet

Water dripping from your faucet is a sign of a plumbing problem. Over time, gallons of water can be wasted from a leak, which also leads to a spike in your water bill. A leaky faucet is commonly caused by faulty o-rings, buildup, worn-out washers, and loose parts. 

Foul Odor

If you smell a foul odor coming from your plumbing fixture, a problem is present. Odors can come from your garbage disposal, shower drain, toilet, washing machine, sink, and more. To best determine the cause, it is important to contact a trusted plumber. 

Water Damage

Water damage is a plumbing issue that can be more easily identified. Stains and discoloration can be found on walls and ceilings where pipes have burst or there is a leak. Water damage can cause mold and mildew to grow, causing a foul smell. The effects of water damage from various appliances, water heaters, and plumbing; overflowing toilets, bathtubs, and sinks; can be dangerous to your health and also result in structural damage if not restored in a timely manner. 

Increase in Water Bill

When paying bills, you may notice that your water bill is higher than it was in the previous months. The reason could very well be because of a plumbing issue. If you are unable to determine what the problem is, it is important to schedule an appointment with a plumber so that they can quickly determine what the cause is and provide you with a solution. 

Contact Stephens for Quick, Affordable Plumbing Services

If you notice something is not right with your plumbing, do not wait until things worsen. Our team at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are highly skilled and experienced when it comes to assessing and repairing plumbing issues. We proudly offer the following plumbing services: bathroom plumbing, kitchen plumbing, outdoor plumbing, sewer, drains and pipes, water backflow, sump pump, water heater, and water damage. At Stephens, we are committed to preventative work that saves you time and money, cultivating relationships with our valued customers, staying at the forefront of industry advancement, and professionalism at all times. When you need help, you can count on us to get the job done.